The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society offers both amateur and professional artists the opportunity to work from live models in untutored sessions. The Society meets at the Mall Galleries once a week, either Mondays or Fridays, and members may choose to work from four models: three ‘life’ providing 15 minute poses, 30 minute poses or a ‘long’ 2 hour pose and one clothed portrait.
The Society was founded in 1930 by the Royal Society of British Artists as a drawing club and was sponsored by Eric Hesketh Hubbard RBA, who became its first President. Over the years, it developed into a separate art society and was renamed in his honour in 1957. It now has about 150 members and prides itself on being London’s largest life drawing group.
The Society regularly takes part in the FBA’s Art Outreach Programme, working with young people. This is consistent with its aims of promoting and encouraging drawing from life and the continuing importance of the figure in contemporary art.
Membership is £215 a year, for which there are 48 drawing sessions and no cover charge. Prospective members are invited to attend one session free before deciding if they wish to apply for membership. They will then need to show a portfolio of their work to the Committee before being accepted by the Society.
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President: Simon Whittle PHH
Vice President: Margaret Rhodes VPHH